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Ma Pi Leng - One of Big Four Passes in Vietnam

By Khanhpv

Ma Pi Leng is that the name of the craggy stretch of mountainous road in Ha Giang province, about 20 km long, located on the Happy Road linking the Ha Giang town, Dong Van and Meo Vac districts. Ma Pi Leng within the language of Hmong people means "Horse nose" refering the abrupt mountain slopes. The road winding through the cliffs, passing Ma Pi Leng summit at an altitude of two ,000 meters, below is Nho Que river, light and thin as a thread.

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 Ma Pi Leng pass isn't too long however it's the foremost difficult pass within the remote North Vietnam , considered as King of passes in Vietnam, the pass was built by tens of thousands of workers from norther provinces in 11 months, initially the road was just wide enough for pedestrians and cycles then widened for the cars however it had been still very difficult and dangerous with sharp bends and too narrow for 2 cars to pass from opposite directions. After completion, Ma Pi Leng pass with 9 curves over the sheer cliffs and deep abyss below has become an excellent Wall of Vietnam. On top of the pass placed a stone tablet recording the development of the road and also a monument to the contributions of these who have sacrificed their lives to form the road.

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The road is sort of a silk band winding the mountain with sheer cliff on one side and deep abyss on the opposite side may be a challenge to adventurers, after crossing the slopes, visitors reach the Ma Pi Leng pass, amazed at the magnificent space of the mountain appearing within the blue , especially there's a bit of rock that comes out of the road is that the place for you to possess a panorama view of the mountainous north, visitors have a sense like within the middle of the sky.

With rugged terrain and spectacular unspoiled scenery, Ma Pi Leng pass deserves together of the "Big Four Passes" of the northern region of Vietnam (with the Pha Din, O Quy Ho and Khau Pha Passes). One cannot miss Ma Pi Leng pass when visit Ha Giang.

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